1743] To Horace Mann 335
he thought he had strength, he would see Florence, Bologna, and Kome, by way of Marseilles, to Leghorn. You may imagine how I gave in to such a jaunt. I don't set niy heart upon it, because I think he cannot do it; but if he does, I promise you, you shall be his cicerone. I delight in the gallantry of my Princess's brother5. I will tell you what, if the Italians don't take care, they will grow as brave and as wrong-headed as their neighbours. Oh! how shall I do about writing to her ? Well, if I can, I will be bold, and write to her to-night.
I have no idea what the two minerals are that you mention, but I will inquire, and if there are such, you shall have them; and gold and silver, if they grow in this land ; for I am sure I am deep enough in your debt. Adieu !
P.S. It won't do ! I have tried to write, but you would bless yourself to see what stuff I have been forging for half an hour, and have not waded through three lines of paper. I have totally forgot my Italian, and if she will but have prudence enough to support the loss of a correspondence, which was long since worn threadbare, we will come to as decent a silence as may be.
113. To HORACE MANN.
Monday, April 4, 1743.
I HAD my pen in my hand all last Thursday morning, to write to you, but my pen had nothing to say. I would make it do something to-day, though what will come of it, I don't conceive.
They say, the King does not go abroad: we know nothing about our army. I suppose it is gone to blockade Egra, and to not take Prague, as it has been the fashion for everybody to send their army to do these three years. The officers in
6 Signer Capponi, brother of Madame Grifoni. Walpole.